An evolution of Australian motorcycle adventure.
Since 1994, BMW Safari has been offering riders the chance to explore and experience Australia by motorcycle. Initially, BMW Safari offered riders of both road and adventure motorcycles the ability to mix it together with alternative routes being supplied where possible.
In 2004, due to the growing number of entrants, the BMW Safari was split into two separate events. The TS Safari, an on road tour, for riders who want to experience Australia’s best riding roads and the GS Safari, designed for GS model bikes and riders who wanted experience off road adventures, with a minimal amount of road.
The BMW Safari runs as a touring style event typically for 5 days, but sometimes up to 7 days. It’s not a guided tour or one group riding together, the route is marked and route maps are provided to riders to enjoy the ride at their own pace.
BMW Safaris have becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons.
Firstly, they allow riders to explore some of Australia’s best locations with a great group of fellow riders. Secondly, they provide an environment where riders develop their skills, knowledge and love of riding their bikes. And thirdly, everything from the planning to the accommodation to luggage and bike support is catered for by BMW Safari – what more could a rider want?
Introduction of the BMW Safari Enduro
Due to growing demand for the GS Safari, BMW introduced the GS Safari Enduro in 2013. The “Enduro” offers riders with off-road experience (ideally riders who have completed a BMW GS Safari before) the chance to complete a more challenging, rigorous and remote ride, often through Australia’s Outback regions. Safari Enduro rides now typically run for 6 or 7 days depending on their location and suit riders with some off road experience and a level of fitness for the trickier terrain and longer days in the saddle.
2016 GS Safari Enduro
The 2016 BMW GS Safari Enduro wrapped up in July of 2016.
Participants experienced the ultimate outback adventure ride, travelling from Streaky Bay, SA to Broken Hill, NSW. Taking riders through a real mix of terrain – from vast outback plains to the sandy tracks and rocky hills of Arkaroola and the Flinders Ranges, the Enduro definitely lived up to its name.
Riders embraced the conditions and pushed through the lengthy kilometres. You can truly say you achieved something if you can get through an Enduro.
Passing through iconic Australian locations such as Coober Pedy, Williams Creek, Muloorina and Arkaroola, the ride was epic in the greatest of proportions.
Check out the photo gallery below for some highlights from the trip.
The next Safari
The upcoming GS Safari will be held in November of 2016, in the beautiful location of South East Queensland. All riders need is a BMW GS motorcycle and a sense of adventure.
Riders will congregate on the Gold Coast for the welcome dinner and riders briefing on November 6. The ride will then roll out the following morning for 5 days of adventure riding through a great combination of mountainous trails and coastal tracks, finishing the week in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast on November 11.
The GS Safari will feature stunning scenery and photo opportunities as we hop over the NSW border at the start of the week and then make our way north along the Great Dividing Range.
Safari riders will encounter a multitude of terrain and tracks, making memories to last a lifetime.
One of the greatest aspects of BMW Safaris is the camaraderie between riders. Whether first time GS Safari participants, or regular Enduro adventurers – the GS Safari is open to all riders.
Encouraging others to embrace the passion of the GS is what it’s all about – and having a fantastic time throughout.
Predominantly over dirt roads and tracks, riders are expected to travel an average of 300km per day of the Safari. For newcomers to the Safari we strongly encourage you to also participate in BMW Off Road Training prior to the event. Many seasoned Safari riders still do the Pre-Safari Off Road Training before every Safari as a way of tuning themselves in for the week ahead.
Visit bmwsafari.com for more details and registration.
Bookings are filling quickly so don’t miss out!